What follows is a convoluted bit of hogwash involving a Panama-bound cargo ship, several crates’ worth of counterfeit money, plenty of gun-toting gangsters led by a posturing Diego Luna and an ill-treated Jackson Pollock canvas. Contraband looks and feels like something Entourage’s Vincent Chase and his posse might have come up with after bingeing on Michael Mann flicks (an impromptu armoured-truck heist even cribs shamelessly from Heat).
It’s mostly watchable: Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur (Jar City, Inhale) keeps things moving at a brisk clip, Wahlberg is his usual charmingly befuddled self, and the unsurprisingly terrible Ribisi – doing a gangland variation on his mentally challenged romantic in The Other Sister – has much less screen time than threatened in pre-release promotions. But none of that changes the fact that the movie amounts to little more than ‘Marky Mark’s South American Vacation’.
|Genre:||Action, Crime, Drama|
|Stars:||Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Beckinsale, Robert Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Lukas Haas, Amber Gaiennie, Kent Jude Bernard|